We are excited to welcome 100+ post-secondary institutions from around the U.S. (and the world) on Wednesday, April 19.  The college fair is scheduled from 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. in Gym A.  All Upper School parents are invited to attend.  Parents may also arrive early enough for the topical sessions, which are scheduled for 12:45 – 1:40 p.m. in various Upper School classroom locations. Here are a few suggestions for following up with your student and helping him or her to get the most out of College Day:

  • All Grade 9, 10, and 11 students will be assigned to a session based on their survey preference. Any student who did not complete the survey will be assigned to a session Students will receive an email no later than Tuesday, April 18 with their finalized College Day schedule. Grade 12 students will have special sessions in the afternoon with speakers in the PAC.
  • As we did for last year’s College Day, we have introduced a service to students/families through Strivescan, allowing students (and parents) to use a barcode to scan their contact information at some of the college fair booths.  This service is secure and utilized by many state, regional, and national college fairs across the country.  Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors were given instructions for registering, a process that takes less than 2 minutes (and saves precious time during the college fair in avoiding filling out paper inquiry forms). Parents may register as well using the parent registration information on the same website. 
  • You can help your student think about objective and subjective criteria that could be important to his or her college search (and how to know the difference), and have a conversation about any family-related factors or expectations that may impact the search.  Encourage your student to use the college fair time purposefully, to have respectful interactions with our college admission guests, and to take full advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about a truly wide range of post-secondary options.  Prior to College Day, we provided freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with instructions for narrowing the list of college visitors to a more manageable number for their conversations during the 75-minute College Fair on 4/19.

College Day has become one the signature celebratory occasions of each academic year at Providence Academy, and we sincerely hope that this event aids your family’s post-secondary planning.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sarah Hogan, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Engagement.

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